I’m not one to drag a person for their shopping habits, but holy shit Wayne LaPierre, maybe relax on the Zegna (and, well, maybe relax on everything else you do, too). According to leaked internal documents, the NRA’s CEO spent an absurd $274,695.03 on the Italian brand between 2004 and 2017, bashing so-called “elites” all the while.
“In speeches over the years, LaPierre has sketched shooting range targets out of all manner of ‘elites,’” GQ’s Cam Wolf wrote, a group that includes “the protest-funding George Soros, the media, college professors who make students read the Communist Manifesto, radical leftists, [and] kneeling NFL players.”
He even says in an official NRA video – WHILE WEARING A ZEGNA SUIT – “Elites threaten our very survival, and to them we say: We don’t trust you, we don’t fear you, and we don’t need you. Take your hands off our future.”
Now, however, it seems LaPierre’s hypocrisy appears to be catching up to him. Internal documents were leaked to The Wall Street Journal, a former NRA employee went on the record for The New Yorker, and his suits are being used as evidence in ongoing litigation with the NRA’s former ad agency.
What’s more, Lapierre’s “spending on suits puts the NRA in danger of losing its non-profit status” — an outcome we can all root for.
Unfortunately, the one group’s feathers that don’t appear to be ruffled by all of this are the millions of working-class people that continue to support LaPierre. But, as Wolf astutely points out, “the work of advancing blue-jeans policies is frequently done by those in thousand-dollar suits” (see: the Koch Brothers, Paul Manefort, Donald Trump, et al).
You can read more about it at GQ.